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Power Testing using Balls

Medicine Balls or the similar Power Balls are commonly used in fitness training and for testing of the upper body strength and explosive power in athletes. THere are also a few tests using other sports balls such as a basketball or baseball. Research has shown a good correlation between these tests and other measures of explosive power in athletes.

When conducting fitness testing which involve throwing balls, it is necessary to allow practice trials for familiarization with the technique required, including optimizing the angle of release and maximizing power output. This may require the subject performing up to 5 or 6 practice trials to obtain a stable score (Duncan et al. 2005).

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Medicine Ball Tests

Power Ball Tests

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